The car industry is a very crowded one. Every year, new models roll off the assembly line, each one claiming to be cooler or more innovative than the last. But Hyundai stands out from the pack by delivering on its promises, as the 2014 Hyundai Veloster recently took the No. 2 spot in Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 list.
Kelley Blue Book’s list was a competitive one, populated by cars from other successful automakers like Honda, Mazda and Volkswagen. However, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster triumphed over nearly every vehicle on the list. The latest Veloster was praised for its “masterful mix of bold, unique style and famous Hyundai value.” The coupe-like car was also commended for its chic design and inclusion of a subtle, barely visible third door on the passenger side — this facilitates passenger entry and exit without giving the vehicle the family-car appearance of a four-door sedan. Couple the brow-raising exterior with great standard features like the 7-inch touchscreen with rearview camera and a 1.6-liter GDI turbo engine that provides you with 138 horsepower, and you’re no longer looking at just a cool car: you’ve got a mighty machine on your hands now.
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With an all-new Versa Note hatchback launching for the 2014 model year and a refreshed Versa Sedan debuting for 2015, the Nissan Versa lineup currently boasts a range of fresh features for attracting buyers, and that showed in last month’s sales results. Nissan moved 11,613 units of its Versa in June, a record for the month and a 33 percent year-over-year increase.
Together with a 68 percent year-over-year sales boost for the Nissan Sentra, the strong performance of the Versa lineup played a large role in elevating the overall Nissan brand to a best-ever June tally of 101,069 units sold. The 2014 Nissan Versa Note hatchback returns an impressive 40 mpg on the highway when equipped with its optional Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), while offering a Divide-N-Hide system that provides a flat cargo floor and hidden storage space when the rear seat is folded down. Buyers can also opt for a breadth of in-car technologies, including an Around View Monitor and the Nissan Connect with Navigation infotainment system.
“Subcompact buyers tend to be younger drivers who want a fuel-efficient ride that is accompanied by intuitive technologies, and the new Versa Note is winning them over by going above and beyond what’s expected in the segment,” said Larry Tentarelli, general manager of AutoFair Nissan of Stratham, a New Hampshire Nissan dealer. “The same can be said for the Versa Sedan, which returns identical highway fuel economy to the Versa Note with the same Xtronic CVT and features a similar center-stack design for the 2015 model year.”
Newly standard features on the updated 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and white LED gauge-cluster lighting. Meanwhile, the base S and S Plus trims have added an enhanced audio system with an auxiliary input and a Radio Data System. Versa Sedan owners who purchase the SL Technology Package also now benefit from Nissan Connect with Navigation and Mobile Apps.
Receiving the hexagonal grille and angular headlights found on its larger Fusion sibling, the forthcoming 2015 Ford Focus will already sport a bolder look than its predecessor, but its performance-focused ST model was recently unveiled with an even more aggressive air. The 2015 Ford Focus ST hatchback made its debut in late June at the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, donning sporty upgrades in both style and substance.
In addition to the sleeker design elements adorning the standard 2015 Focus, the new ST model will get standard LED signature lighting and 18-inch Rado Gray alloy wheels, as well as the option of another 18-inch alloy-wheel design with red-painted brake calipers and HID headlamps on the ST2 and ST3 trims levels with Recaro sport seats. The 2015 Focus ST also boasts enhancements to its driving dynamics, including revised electric power-assisted steering, all-new front springs, and sportier tuning on the front and rear shock absorbers. The carryover 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will still churn out an impressive 252 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
“The refreshed styling of the 2015 Focus ST will better communicate just how engaging the performance of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost powerplant can be, and at the same time, the car’s overall handling will be improved with the changes to the suspension and steering,” said John Crowley, general manager of AutoFair Ford, a New Hampshire Ford dealer in Manchester. “Not to mention, buyers should still receive surprising fuel efficiency despite that responsive ride. The current Focus ST already returns 32 mpg on the highway, and that figure could increase when the EPA ratings are announced for the new model.”
Inside the cabin, the updated Ford Focus ST will benefit from many of the same changes made to the rest of the Focus family for the 2015 model year, including a reconfigured center stack and a new center console that offers more storage space and a media bin with a USB smart charging port. The ST model will add three gauges in the central-instrument pod, a flat-base sports steering wheel, ST pedals and a gear lever with a satin-chrome top.